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Karate 1, Writing 0

Very little in the way of writing was accomplished today.  It was one of those days made crappy by sparse and broken sleep, and predawn musings about whether I'm a terrible mother.  Those musings seem to be my "awake too early" regulars.  By dawn, I'm usually fairly certain I'm a decent mother after all.

Anyway.

Since it's spring break around these parts, attendance at karate class was sparse.  The upswing is that I had a chance to focus on my own training for a bit.  Two weeks ago, I shared with my sensei my desire to aim for Sandan rank, and he supported my decision.  That means choosing three empty-hand katas and three weapons katas to focus on.  Right now, I'm opting for Jitte, Nan Dan Sho, and maybe Empi Sho.  I've a feeling, though, Sensei will tell me I must do Kusanku.  The very thought makes me wonder if my knees will explode.

*Note: Videos are approximations, not exact representations of the style I train.  Just the closest I could find. :)

Weapons katas will be chosen from Yamanni Ryu.  Most likely, at least one of the katas will be bo (long staff).  I'd like to do at least one sai kata.  If I had nothing to do but train for the next six months, I'd pick up the tonfa.  Alas, I just have too many things to do to learn a new weapon.

Aside from the katas, I've got to sharpen my throws and multiple-attacker defense.  My push-ups are passable, but I'd like to be able to do all fifty in one set instead of two.  (One set isn't required, but it would certainly feel good to do it!)

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